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Massgoers fear attack by mugger

BY SIMON CALDwELL

CATHOIJL'S in a fashionable London area have been warned to be on their guard after a spate of muggings around their parish church.

A robber armed with a knife has struck at least twice in the last fortnight in Alan Cheales Way, an alleyway alongside St Dominic's Priory, Haver

stock Hill, near Hampstead, in the north of the capital.

In the two most recent incidents, people on their way home from work have been attacked by a man who followed them into the alleyway.

Now, the Dominican priests who run the parish have put up posters in the church to warn locals to stay out of the alleyway until the mugger is caught.

Parish priest Fr Dermot Morrin said: "We have got a lot of elderly parishioners and we thought that was the least we could do."

He added: "Crime in Camden is very high there is a lot of drugrelated crime and it's something you have to live with.

"It's risky for people who walk home at night and it's happened in the daytime too. We hope the police manage to catch the fellow."

Alan Cheales Way was named after a popular Dominican priest who served in the parish until his death in 1996.

Fr Allan White, the British Provincial of the Order of Preachers, is resident at the adjacent priory.




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